Save the KC Neon!
Welcome to The Lumi Neon Museum where greater Kansas City’s historic neon is
rescued, restored and illuminated for all to enjoy.
A classic art form, an industry in decline, a clear vision, many empathetic business owners, experienced neon handlers, industrial-strength resources (trucks and cranes and warehouses) and steady, hands-on volunteers make the LUMI Neon Museum a reality. We’re energized by the opportunity to preserve these roadside icons that literally stopped us in our tracks for much of our lives. Join us.
Iconic 4 Acre Motel
The LUMI is thrilled to add the classic 4 Acre Motel sign to our museum collection, thanks to a tip from photographer Tom Barnhart who first spotted it and was good enough to text a photo to Nick. We date this beauty to about 1955. If you happen to see this and can tell us otherwise, please do at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 4 Acre Motel, once located at 8220 Hickman Mills Drive, billed itself as Kansas City’s most accommodating roadside motel.
Join Our Neon Labor of Love
You’d be surprised how much labor and love it takes to rescue vintage neon. But we’re constantly amazed at how much we can accomplish together.
Kansas Citians appreciate art in its many forms and as our preservation effort unfolds, we’re pleased to affiliate with other like-minded museums, supportive business leaders and individuals. Your support as friends, sign sponsors and financial contributors keeps our vision alive.
Join Us. Become a friend of LUMI.
We appreciate your support, and we’ll keep you posted on what’s happening with LUMI.
Our newest rescue! After serving five years in WWII Europe, Jim Kelly purchased a doughnut shop at the corner of St. John Blvd. and Jackson Ave. in Northeast Kansas City. There, he and his new bride, Millie, founded Kelly’s Bakery. © Nick VedrosA...read more
In 1912, Joe & Sadie Kuluva opened Kuluva’s Department Store in the Armourdale district of Kansas City, KS. They sold clothing and shoes to the hard working people in the meat packing houses and the stockyards of Kansas City. Their goal was to enable working...read more
Hey, Kansas City, maybe you can point us in the right direction. The LUMI is looking for clues about our amazing neon Arrow sign. Where did it hang and to what Kansas City business did it point? Can you help? BEFORE © Nick Vedros Here’s what we know: The...read more